The Vision Weave Project

 

Vision Weave Project

integrating fibre arts, text and community

Vision Weave is an interactive community arts project that integrates fibre arts, text messages and community visioning in the creation of woven public art. In Vision Weave, each community participant is given a strip of fabric on which they write their message or vision for a peaceful future and then interweave it into a collective tapestry.

Kids weaving on the City of Ottawa project
Children weaving on the City of Ottawa project
City of Ottawa Vision Weave community project for the Albion-Heatherington Rec. Centre.
City of Ottawa Vision Weave community
project for the Albion-Heatherington Centre
Nick Zeis, community centre director
Nick Zeis, community centre director photos by Roger Lalonde

facilitating a community visioning experience

The finished tapestry is installed in the community as permanent public art. It is visible and accessible to the community that made it. The text messages and visions are compiled into a resource document that can be used for all future planning and goal setting within the community. The process facilitates pride, ownership, and a sense of belonging. The Vision Weave project is a profoundly moving community builder.

Kids weaving in the Museum of Civilization - Earth Day: Weave a  Vision for the Earth project
Children weaving in the Museum of Civilization - Earth Day: Weave a Vision for the Earth project photo Francoise Chartrand
Kids weaving in the Museum of Civilization - Earth Day: Weave a  Vision for the Earth project
The Big Weave Project, Reading, England, photo by Joanne de Nobriga.
Weave a Vision for the Earth
Museum of Civilization :Weave a Vision for the Earth project photo Francoise Chartrand
act creatively and collectively

By mirroring back to the community its visions and goals, the Vision Weave project seeks to strengthen the belief that we can think and act creatively and collectively for the well being of our community and the Earth. Weaving, as cloth and clothing, accompanies every human culture on the planet – it’s an excellent metaphor for intercultural connection and collective collaboration.

Weaving at Albion-Heatherington
Weaving at Albion-Heatherington photo by Roger Lalonde
Vision Weave project at General Vanier Elementary School, Montreal
Vision Weave project at General Vanier Elementary School, Montreal 2011
Bibliotheque de Lyon
Bibliotheque de Lyon, France photo by Densie Coker

who is directing the project?

Thoma Ewen is one of the leading textile artists in Canada today. Her community tapestry project entitled, "Invocation of Peace" was referred to as an "extraordinary project of lasting impact in the community" by the Ontario Arts Council. Ewen has exhibited her woven tapestries in Canada, United States, England, France, Mexico, Guatemala, Venezuela, Poland and China. Her commissions include works for both residences and public spaces, and her works are in numerous collections, including the City of Ottawa, the City of Gatineau, the Boyne River Ecology Centre, and the Bibliotheque de Lyon, France. Ewen has directed community tapestry projects in Canada and Europe, and has facilitated weaving workshops with schools, with indigenous weavers in Central America and with northern Canadian communities. Ewen's open and sharing approach to empowering creativity has allowed her to communicate the beauty and mystery of weave to intergenerational and intercultural collaborators.

Vision Circle project, Ayer's Cliff Elementary School, Ayer's Cliff, Quebec
Vision Circle project, Ayer's Cliff Elementary School, Ayer's Cliff, Quebec 2010
detail of the ribbons in the Vision Circle project
Detail of the ribbons in the Vision Circle project
Vision Circle Project Onslow Elementary School, Quyon Quebec  2010
Vision Circle Project Onslow Elementary School, Quyon Quebec 2010
weaving

Weaving is a global contemporary metaphor for the interactions, interconnections and inter-dependencies that naturally occur in all living systems of our biosphere.



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